Eating poop is one of the most disturbing habits many dogs have. Scientifically known as coprophagia, this common dog behavior problem worries many dog owners. After all, who wants their beloved dog’s breath to smell like poop?
Furthermore, coprophagia also poses threats to your dog’s health—dogs that eat other animal’s poop are much more likely to suffer from intestine parasites and infectious diseases. As with any kind of dog behavior problem, the sooner you act, the easier it will be to stop your dog from eating poop.
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Some dogs simply like the taste of poop. As strange as it may seem, dogs often have different taste and smell preferences than humans.
One way to stop this disturbing behavior is simply to ensure that the dog has no access to poop. If possible, pick up his stool immediately after elimination and always try to keep dog’s crate or kennel clean. If you also own a cat, ensure that your dog cannot access cat’s litter box. Hide it in a place that is only available to the cat. When going for a walk, use a leash and do not allow the dog to approach other animals’ poop.
Most dogs do grow out of their poop eating habit after a while. However, it is best to try to stop this disturbing and unhygienic behavior as early as possible.
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